New England District
THE MISSION of the New England District is to encourage and assist its
congregations in their ministry of Word and Sacrament to build up the
body of Christ and to make disciples of all peoples.
The New England District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and encompasses all six New England states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The New England District includes approximately 70 congregations and missions, subdivided into 9 circuits, as well as 24 preschools and 5 elementary schools. Baptized membership is over 22,000; with New England's total population standing at 14,240,000 as of 2005, the District's membership represents only 0.16% of the local population – the lowest of any of the LCMS' 33 geographical districts.
The New England District was formed in 1972 out of the Atlantic District. District offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years in Springfield to elect the district president, vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers. The Rev. James Keurulainen has been the district president since 1997, and was elected to a fifth term in 2009. The 15th Regular Convention convention was held June 4-6, 2009 Springfield, MA with the theme "Ignited in Christ to be Ablaze in HIS Mission!".
The 16th Regular Convention will be held June 14-16, 2012 in Springfield, MA with the theme "Mercy, Witness and Life Together in New England".